Remembering Douglass North, friend to IU’s Ostrom Workshop

Nobel Prize-winning economist Douglass C. North, who died last month at age 95, was a longtime friend and admirer of Indiana University faculty members Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. His death was duly noted on the website of the Ostrom Workshop, which posted a link to the New York Times obituary. North was one of a […]

Sonneborn lecture: Range of causes, ‘no easy solutions’ on college costs

Don Hossler wrapped up his Indiana University Sonneborn Lecture on the rising cost of a college education with a paraphrase of the classic quote from a 1970 Pogo comic strip: “We have met the enemy and they are us.” At least, he argued, university faculty and administrators should recognize that they are responsible for establishing […]

IU experts share insights on 2015 Paris Climate Conference

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Just days away from the Dec. 11 conclusion of COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, agreements continue to fall short in the face of heightened stakes on the environment and security. For the first time since international environment talks began in the 1970s, the global […]

Historian and political economist Alperovitz to give three talks on IU visit

Historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz is coming to town, and Indiana University and Bloomington will make the most of his visit. An author and activist who writes frequently for national news media and has been the subject of documentary films, Alperovitz will give three public talks Thursday and Friday: A public forum on “Transforming […]

IU panel to discuss Trans-Pacific Partnership

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre After nearly a decade of secret negotiations, the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are finalized and the full text is now public. Supporters say the trade deal will create jobs, boost innovation and productivity, raise living standards, reduce poverty, increase transparency and improve labor and environmental protections. But […]